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Angelo State's Big Band presents jazz concert

Angelo State University's Big Band will present its "Tribute to Sammy Nestico" concert next week.
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SAN ANGELO, Texas — On Tuesday, Oct. 26, Angelo State University's student Big Band will present its first concert of the fall semester in the ASU auditorium, 2602 Dena Drive.

"Tribute to Sammy Nestico," will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

Music for the concert will include jazz standards, boogies and Afro-Cuban pieces.

The musical program for the concert will feature 12 pieces, all arranged by  Nestico:

  • "Moten Swing"
  • "High Five"
  • "Splanky"
  • "Basie Straight-ahead"
  • "Jumpin' At the Woodside"
  • "Fly Me to the Moon"
  • "It's Oh So Nice"
  • "Prime Time"
  • "It's A Wonderful World"
  • "Hay Burner"
  • "Boogie Express"
  • "A Night in Tunisia"

Nestico was an American composer and arranger best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra. He died earlier this year at 96.

The Big Band is a component of the ASU Jazz Ensembles Program, which offers diverse and creative, small- and large-group jazz performance experiences. It covers a wide range of styles, including bebop, Latin jazz, free jazz, funk, hip-hop and many others. The jazz ensembles are directed by Dr. Trent Shuey, ASU assistant director of bands.

Everyone attending the concert will need to complete ASU's visitor wellness screening (angelo.edu/wellness-screening-visitor) and be prepared to show their wellness screening badge, as well as have their temperature checked, before entering the ASU Auditorium. Masks/face coverings are strongly encouraged, but are not mandatory.

For more information, call the ASU Department of Visual and Performing Arts at 325-942-2085.